The National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center (NAHDIC) is the referral and reference federal veterinary laboratory in Ethiopia. It is the center of excellence for animal disease surveillance, investigation, diagnosis and research which contributes substantial role in promoting export of animal and animal products, improvement of the livelihood of the smallholder farmers and pastoralists, provision of professional support for investors involved in animal farming and transfer technology for stakeholders. The implementation of quality system in NAHDIC has brought an important milestone for NAHDIC in the face of regional and international community’s being as the East Africa’s Regional Referral Diagnostic Laboratory for avian flu and Newcastle diseases and support laboratory for transboundry animal diseases. This will have its own impact on international trade of animals and animal products from Ethiopia.

Currently, NAHDIC has implemented ISO/IEC17025:2005 and accredited for 11 serological and Molecular diagnostic tests by SANAS (South African Accreditation system) since May, 2012 based on ISO 17025. The implementation of Quality Management System(QMS) in the facility of NAHDIC required active participation of all laboratory personnel including the commitment of the top management without which it would have not been possible to instigate the system.

NAHDIC Laboratories followed the practical guidelines described in the quality and technical manual of the quality management system to meet the requirements of ISO 17025.

The aim of implementing the quality management system in NAHDIC is to improve the quality of laboratory services provided and to define appropriate and applicable policies and procedures that the laboratories should follow so as to satisfy the requirements of the International Standard, customers, regulatory authorities and organizations providing recognition.

The quality and technical manuals state the commitment of NAHDIC laboratories to implement the QMS based on the managerial and technical requirements of ISO17025.

All the technical and managerial requirements of the ISO17025 standards are captured in the quality document of so as to maintain the existing accreditation system.

These quality documents are designed to ensure that the testing processes undertaken in the laboratory will stand up to legal responsibility and provide quality laboratory test reports to meet the requirements of customers and to maintain the center of excellence of NAHDIC in diagnosing economical important animal diseases in the region.

NAHDIC undertakes the following major national and international activities:

  1. Produce an internationally acceptable laboratory diagnostic test results for the certification of all export animals, animal products and by products to make the country competent in the international markets.
  2. Coordinates and performs national surveillances and diagnosis of trans-boundary animal diseases of economic and public health importance whose occurrence could lead to the ban of the export trade for long years.
  3. Conduct researches on major animal health problems like drug resistance, toxicity and others to improve the wellbeing of animals.
  4. Build the capacity (technical) of the regional veterinary laboratories in the country, which can address closely the livestock health problems of small scale farming and pastoral community in their respective area.  
  5. Coordinates the national control and eradication of hide and skin diseases to improve the quality of leather and leather products, which enhances the export market.
  6. Coordinates and runs different national and international research projects such as vaccine trials for the trans-boundary disease causing huge loss to African farmers Peste des Petitis Ruminantum and Capripoxes, research on modeling of disease dissemination, the result of which to be simulated and extended for continental and global use. 
  7. Implements the concept of quality control system into the veterinary diagnosis sector of the country being accredited to ISO 17025.
  8. Builds and upgrades its capacity so as to make the laboratory a reference for East Africa on some diagnosis of trans-boundary animal diseases of economic and public health importance such as Avian Flu and RVF.
  9. Strengthen the links with international laboratories and organizations  such as FAO, AU/IBAR and OIE to address its sub regional and international duties and responsibilities
  10. Gathers, organizes and document animal health information of the country for use.
  11. Contributes for the expansion of high quality veterinary education through its support in providing practical training, supervision and advisory activities for post and undergraduate students to all veterinary faculties in the country. 
  12. Plays role in the preparation and implementation of animal health policies. 

NAHDIC has collaborative linkage with national, sub-regional and international organizations, laboratories and universities working on animal health. It has ten laboratories that actively function in various disciplines. Four of the laboratories are engaged on the field of microbiology (viral and bacterial serology, one bacteriology, one for cell culture and virus isolation), two for parasitology (protozoology,  acarology-entomology-helminthology), one for pathology with its autopsy facilities, one for pharmacology- toxicology, one for molecular diagnosis and one BSL-3 for the diagnosis of zoonotic diseases. Beside NAHDIC has experimental and laboratory animal facilities to conduct animal health experiment to solve animal health problems. The center is located in Sebeta 25kms south west from the capital, Addis Ababa.